Christopher Connell

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Two people holding fishing nets (Romwell Mari Sanchez for USAID/Philippines)

Preserving the ocean’s bounty for Filipino fishers

A USAID grant seeks to counteract destructive fishing practices and environmental threats as well as help Filipino fishers preserve their way of life.
Frederick Douglass statue (© Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Frederick Douglass: A symbol of freedom beyond America’s shores

Frederick Douglass' powerful story of his life as a slave and his escape to freedom is inspiring writers and readers far beyond the U.S.
David Malpass smiling (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

U.S. nominee to lead World Bank is a champion of reforms

Treasury Under Secretary David Malpass is President Trump's nominee to lead the World Bank and keep pushing it to help the poorest people.
Hands outstretched, holding tobacco seedling (L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois)

U.S. researchers find novel way to produce bigger plants

Photosynthesis is key to the air we breathe and the food we eat, but it doesn't work as efficiently as it could. Scientists say they've found a remedy.
A pumpjack operating above an oil well at night (© Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

American ingenuity, drive sparked shale oil revolution

There's shale all over the world, but Americans have led the way in figuring out how to make it gush oil and gas. Now they lead the world in production.
Woman picking a teddy bear out of a pile of debris (© Erik de Castro/Reuters)

When typhoons strike the Philippines, U.S. aid follows

When typhoons strike the Philippines, the U.S. ally knows it can count on generous U.S. assistance. But America helps in nonemergencies too.
Mike Pompeo speaking at lectern (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

‘Brazen’ Russian violation prompts U.S. pullout from nuclear forces treaty

The U.S. is suspending its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and will withdraw in six months because of Russia's violation.
Disaster response personnel lifting boy out from rubble (Chief Chris Schaff/Fairfax County Fire and Rescue/USAID)

U.S. rescuers stand ready to find earthquake survivors

When earthquakes strike and countries seek help rescuing survivors, USAID knows who to call: urban search and rescue teams in Virginia and California.
Two men demonstrating where Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan should sign a treaty (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

What’s the INF Treaty? How is Russia breaching it?

The U.S. and NATO say Russia is violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with its development of the 9M729 cruise missile.